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ROMANTIC ELOPEMENT OF A YOUNG LADY WITH HER GROOM. At the Wandsworth Police-court, on Wednesday, George Smith, aged eighteen years, of short stature, who had a very boyish appearance, was placed in the dock before Mr. Ingham, charged with the abduction of a young lady named Crosse, and also with robbery, under the following circumstances:— The Rev. Robert Crosse, rector of Ockham, said his daughter's name was Alice Caroline, and she was twenty years of age in June last. She had been living with him until the night, or strictly speaking the morning, of the 26th ult. He missed her from the house. He knew the prisoner. He had baen groom and general servant in his house. He had sent him away on the Thursday previously. Witness recognised a box and articles in prisoner's possession when arrested as belonging to his daughter. Mr. Ingham inquired whether any property was found but what was expressly purchased for his daughter. <t. The witness said that some of the articles were not purchased for his daughter. Some of them belonged to her mother. Mr. Ingham said he woiald pass on from that part of the case, as it was not necessary to go into the one of robbery at present. The witness was then questioned with. reference to property vested in his daughter. He said that on her coming of age she would be entitled to a moiety of about = £ 2,600, also to further prospects on the death of her mother and himself. Mr. Ingham inquired whether he could swear that tha prisoner was aware of it. The witness said he had no proof of the fact, but he had reason to believe that he was aware of it, because his daughter was in the habit of speaking about her prospects. Mrs. Jane Wiggins, the wife of a labourer, of St. Ann's-place, said that on last Saturday week the pri- soner came to her house with his wife, as she thought. They both spoke about the lodgings. S-heasked them whether they were man and wife, as they looked so young—more like brother and sister. He said, "Oh, yes; we are manland wife." They took the lodgings for a week, but they remained beyond that time. Wit- ness could see that she was a perfect lady, but they conducted themselves with propriety. They looked at the bed.room together. The female made the agree- ment and paid the-witness rent. Mr. Ingham having expressed a desire to examine the young lady, Inspector Lovelace brought her up- stairsj into the court and placed her in the witness- box. Her appearance excited great interest amongst the persons in the- court.. She is a slight, lady-like I young woman, having a girlish appearance, and was very simply but genteelly attired in a small black straw hat, black silk eape, and a spotted muslin dresa. She did not exhibit any symptoms of nervousness, and kept her saze frequently upon the prisoner. CM being I sworn she-stated that' she- had been living with her father until recently. Mr. A, Taylor (the chief elerk) Kowexplain how .you came to leave your father's house. Witness (smiling): I don't know. I left to be mar- ried to Smith. He -was nearly two years in my father's service. The intimacy between the prisoner and my- self commenced about Christmas a little before, perhaps. Mr. Ingham How did t ho- intimaoy ifr at commence ? Witness: By riding with him. I went out siding, and he accompanied me as groom. Mr. Ingham: Who made,the first advanca ? Witness: I don't know exactly. Mr. Ingham: You can tell me that. Witness (smiling): I think we were almost equal. Mr. Ingham: Did you ever ge into the stable ? Witness: Oh, yes, Ihavaeoften gone into the- stable to see the horses cleaned. Mr. Ingham Who first proposed that you should leave the house ? Witness I think I proposed that. There had been a great row, and I was unhappy, and I wished to leave. There was a great row when it was fÓUrnd out, about a week before I want away». Mr. Ingham: Now tell me all about it. Witness: I; arranged -b. He was sent away at a minute's notice. I saw him in the passage when he was leaving, and I merely told him to. come the night after to my bedroom window, I used to light paper in the window. Mr. Ingham: What happened on, the night in question ? Did you light* paper P Witness; Yes; directly after papa went to bed. The Rev. Mr. Crosse (explaining): I went to bed about twelve o'clock. Witness:: I'lit papers in the wlndow. and he oame up. outside. I think he was in the lane. I told him I should go away. I put my things out of the window, and then I got out myself. I scrambled out some- how, as I had no assistance. I think he helped me a httle when I got nearly down. I think I was slipping down, and he held me. Nothing further took place, you know, except that we walked together to the sta- tion. I did not know where I was going, but I thought I was going to London. I proposed walking to Wey- mouth station. It is a distance of about five miles and a half along the road. We walked there together. We took a mail train to London, and I paid the fare. I don't know who paid for it, as our money was put together. I had about £ 2, and he had £ 5 2a: The money was put together at Weybridge. I took th9 money. We went to Waterloo station, from thence to a coffea-house in the City, where we had some coffee. We went to Doctors'-commons for a license of mar- riage. He applied for it. We could not have it with- out my father's consent. I did not hear what was said, as I was not present. He told me that after- wards. We came straight to Wandsworth. I pro. posed Wandsworth, as I thought it would be more convenient. I had often been through Wandsworth. We took lodgings at Mrs. Wiggins from seeing a card in her window. I know what fortune I am entitled to. I never talked much about it. Since I have been at Wandsworth I said I should have it in the summer. I had heard that there was a probability of my having money on my father's death, but I knew I should not if I married George. I might have said I should not have anything at my father's death. I am not the only child. I have a sister. My father is in good circumstances. He keeps two horses and a carriage. I suppose my father is a rich man, not very rich. I don't know whether the prisoner knew what my father had. I suppose he thought my father was in good circumstances, I never talked to him about my sister. It was my own act and deed that of leaving my father's house. The prisoner does not detain me. I prefer to have his society. It was my own idea the getting out of window. Whether George was there or not I should have gone. I don't know whether I should have left that evening if he had not been there. I had made up my mind to leave at the earliest opportunity, and I should have left if George had died. After I was out of the window I told him I wished him to accompany me. It was my own suggestion that we went up to London. He might have paid the fare, as I don't remember. He did not entice me to go away. When I got out of the window, he. asked me if I had not better stay. I said I would rather not. He asked a policeman about I Doctor's-commoms. I did not know much about it. I J proposed asking a policeman, and we got the informa- wuii jruiu ouo. J. ne prisoner went inside and I waited, outsido. Mr. Ingham said it was a question of law whether a person under twenty-one could give consent. At present he thought it was a case to be decided elsewhere. The question was whether she had been fraudulently taken away. There was no allurement, and there was no detention, but the prisoner assisted her to go away. He took her away, especially if he paid the fare, and he (Mr._ Ingnamj should like to hear the evidence on that point. The young lady, in answer to farther questions, said the prisoner was going to work for his brother, a. farmer. Nothing was said about that until they came to Wandsworth. They talked about how they should live in the country, and he said he could work for his brother. She proposed that they should buy a busi- ness with the money she would have. He asked her not to touch the money. Mr. Ingham then remanded the prisoner, but con- sented to accept two sureties in £100 each for his ap- pearance. The young lady retired with her friends, and the prisoner was removed to the cells. The bail, two tradesmen of Wandsworth, were, however, soon forth- coming, and he was led away by them in a half faint- ing and hysterical condition. It was stated that the banns of marriage had been published in Wandsworth Church.

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